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Until recently, Siem Reap was a quick stop destination for tourists requiring

no more than a day or two to visit the magnificent temples before moving on to

more popular spots in Southeast Asia. But times have changed. With over 150

restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from, picking a place to drink or dine can

be a difficult task. These are a few of the current popular spots that are

drawing in clientele:

*The tranquil ambiance of Viroth's, located on Wat

Bo road, makes this the place to go to for outstanding Khmer cuisine. Prices are

quite reasonable, at around $4 a dish, and the elegant and spacious setting is

an added plus for a relaxing meal.

*Highly popular among some ex-pat

circles is Pizza Italiana, the best spot in town for fresh imported cheeses. Be

sure to leave room for the freshly prepared Tiramisu.

*Eat in style while

supporting training for Cambodians at Sala Bai Hotel School. The school trains

youths free of charge and you get to enjoy a three course meal for around $6

depending on the fare offered.

*Moloppor, a Japanese restaurant, is the

number one spot for budget travelers. Most dishes are $1to $1.50 and nothing

beats their Kahlua or rum 'n raisin sundaes. If you're in need of pampering

after a long day at the temples, it also offers a herbal sauna and hot bath in

the evenings.

*Some of the best cocktails in town can be found at the

Linga Bar. It was kicked off as a "gay bar" (Linga comes from the ancient Hindu

concept for phallic symbol), however for the expat community living in Siem Reap

the bar has quickly become a

favorite.

* In the mood for a good film?

Le Tigre de Papier has the only wide screen in town with a broad selection of

movies to choose from. Sink into a large sofa, order a drink and enjoy a film of

your choice.

* Head to Wafarer's for a night's dancing. The funky

in-house DJ broadcasts live on 98.00 FM and Happy Hours are from 3pm-6pm as well

as 8pm-12pm daily. Friday nights are for ladies who receive a free cocktail on

arrival.

Slices of Siem Reap is a regular column that aims to provide

information on events and happenings in the Siem Reap area. If you have

something to add, email Bronwyn Burns at: Bron_y_aur3@yahoo.com or call her at

012-192-4429.

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